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The new look Songs of Praise

The show wants to make religion more accessible to a wider audience, but by doing so removes anything challenging from the faith

A 2007 photo of Mexican Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes (CNS)

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Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt who was killed in Syria in April (CNS)

A grassroots campaign is under way in the US to fight the oppression of religious minorities

Boy measures mortar shell on a machine in weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo (CNS)

Our Government’s indifference to Syria makes it the most anti-Christian Government to date

The Assad regime has its supporters (Muzaffar Salman/AP/Press Association Images)

There are no good guys in the Syrian conflict; people can only choose the lesser of evils

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Pope Francis at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/04/13

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Cardinal Ennio Antonelli greets the Pope at this morning's audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 30/01/13

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Mideast Syria

The regime hopes for a Paris-style solution to its rebellion